February 2018 Monthly Update

Newly constructed chassis of the NUMBAT Mars Rover.
Welcome to our February monthly update, its been another busy month at BLUEsat UNSW. As well as an amazing o-week, our teams have made massive progress across the board. Highlights include our Balloon Team's launch on the 3rd of March, and major progress in the construction of the NUMBAT Mars Rover. Rover From the Mechanical Team The...

Remote Rope Burning

BLUEsat's High-Altitude Balloon is equipped with a remote separation mechanism. Its function is to detach the payload from the balloon when we want, which gives us better control of the balloon. In the case of problems during the launch (e.g. unexpected changes in weather conditions), the ability to force the payload to separate gives us...

Nitrogen: Nature’s Code, Harmless Bugs and Fixing Process

Whether it is a microscopically-small bacterium, a 90-metre-tall Redwood Tree, a 750-legged millipede or just a human, it is well known water and carbon compounds are critical molecules for survival. However, in addition to these elements (oxygen, hydrogen and carbon), nitrogen cannot be forgotten as an essential element to life itself. Nitrogen’s importance should...